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Neighbourhood Safer Places & Community Fire Refuge

We have a number of Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) and Community Fire Refuges provided for the community as last resort survival options. These do not replace having a well thought out and practiced survival plan. Going to an Neighbourhood Safer Place or Community Fire Refuge is only a last resort if your plans have failed.

Neighbourhood Safer Places

These are open spaces such as an oval, that have an adequate buffer zone to fire hazards and have been assessed for potential radiant heat impact. It may provide some limited protection from radiant heat which is the biggest killer in bushfires. It will not protect you from smoke or embers.
We have 19 designated Neighbourhood Safer Places:

 Suburb Facility Address
Belgrave  Recreation Reserve 

Reserve Road, Belgrave 3160

Belgrave Alexanders Car Park Alexanders Car Park - Terrys Avenue, Belgrave 3160


Halley Supple Reserve

Bounded by South Gateway and North Gateway, Coldstream 3770

Dixons Creek Dixons Creek Recreation Reserve Oval Area Melba Highway (between Pinnacle Lane and Lorimers Lane), Dixons Creek 3775


Queens Park

Bounded by Don Road, Maroondah Highway & Badger Creek Road (entry off Don Road), Healesville 3777


RACV Healesville Country Club Underground Car Park

Healesville-Kinglake Road (near corner Chum Creek Road), Healesville 3777



Main Street (Maroondah Highway) opposite Hutchinson Street, Lilydale 3140


Lake Park

Swansea Road, Lilydale 3140


Millgrove Recreation Reserve

Moore Crescent, Millgrove 3799



Moores Road (near McAllister Road), Monbulk 3793

Mount Evelyn

Morrison Reserve

Access via Burdap Drive (rear Yarra Hills Secondary College), Mount Evelyn 3796
Seville Recreation Reserve Northern Oval Monbulk-Seville Road, Seville 3139


Recreation Reserve

Alexander Avenue (opposite Austral Avenue) entry also via Chosen Avenue, Upwey 3158


Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre 'Burrinja' Car Park at North of site

Corner Glenfern Road and Matson Drive, Upwey 3158. Entry to Car Park from Matson Drive

Wandin North

Wandin North Reserve

Corner Clegg Road and Warburton Highway, Wandin North 3139. Entry off Clegg Road

Warburton Recreation Reserve 3455-3457 Warburton Highway, Warburton 3799

Woori Yallock

Woori Yallock Recreation Reserve Oval

Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road opposite Nester Road, Woori Yallock 3139

Yarra Glen

Yarra Valley Racing Centre, Yarra Glen Racecourse Track

Armstrong Grove, Yarra Glen 3775

Yarra Junction

Recreation Reserve

Park Road (off Warburton Highway), Yarra Junction 3797

Community Fire Refuges

They are specially built or modified buildings which can withstand bushfires. A Community Fire Refuge will only be open if there is a significant fire threatening the local area. It is not a drop in centre on hot days. Our Community Fire Refuges are school buildings. If it is a school day they can still be used as a refuge for the general community but students and staff have priority.

We have 3 designated Community Fire Refuges:

Suburb Facility  Address 

East Warburton

Millwarra Primary School. East Warburton Campus

397 Woods Point Road, Warburton East 3799

Ferny Creek

Ferny Creek Primary School

School Road, Ferny Creek 3786

Wesburn/Millgrove CFA Station Warburton Highway, Millgrove 3799

Please remember

  • Going to an Neighbourhood Safer Place or Community Fire Refuge does not guarantee your survival and should only be used when your bushfire plans have failed or cannot be implemented.
  • Travelling when there is a bushfire can be extremely dangerous. Roads may be busy or blocked by trees, it will be hard to see due to smoke, there will be embers and may be spot fires.
  • There is no guarantee that the CFA or any other emergency services will be present.
  • Food and drinks or medical services are not provided at places of last resort.
  • They have limited capacity.
  • There is no provision for animals.
  • Many houses may provide better protection than a Neighbourhood Safer Place.

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